Best App for Sharing Your Location
Here I Am: Send a glympse by SMS or email by choosing one or more people from your iPhone contacts, or send a glympse to all your Twitter followers at once. You choose when the glympse expires, giving your friends access to your location for a limited time. You can also add a message (“Meet me in the East Village,” “Stuck in traffic,” “Crashing a White House dinner,” whatever) and the destination where you’re headed.
Glympsed: The app sends glympses as web links to be viewed in any browser, where your friends can see your speed, location, and direction. You can also view glympses in the Glympse app itself, as shown here. The pulsing satellite icon indicates when you’re broadcasting your location. Alas, Glympse can broadcast only while the app is open; tap the lock icon to lock the screen and keep the app running.
Social-networking apps like Loopt, Gowalla, and Foursquare shout your location willy-nilly to the whole world, but Glympse offers a focused alternative. The app lets you share your location privately with one or more friends for a brief window of time, a “glympse.” There’s no network to join: Choose a contact, and they get a text (US only) or email with a link to view your location, no special software required. It’s super-handy for sharing your ETA when you’re late for a meeting or heading home from work, or if you’re herding your pals for a meetup.
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